Philosophy, Politics and Economics
We admit around nine candidates each year to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Although a background in Mathematics is not formally required for admission, PPE applicants should have sufficient interest in, and aptitude for, mathematics to cope with the mathematical elements of the course. Mathematics is a particular advantage for the Economics component of the course, as well as for the first year logic course in philosophy, and for understanding theories and data in politics.
Last year around 90% of the applicants who were offered places for PPE had studied Maths to at least AS-Level, or equivalent. You may like to consider taking Maths to AS-level, or an equivalent qualification, even if you do not pursue it further. It is useful at least to have learnt the basics of differentiation before starting your university course in PPE, whether as part of a formal, examined mathematics course or more informally; the same would be true of elementary probability theory and statistics.
Students study all three subjects in the first year. The PPE Preliminary Examination is taken at the end of the first year. Students can then choose to continue with all three branches or to drop one of them. Second year work mainly covers core papers in the branches chosen, followed in the third year by
further subjects from a wide range of options permitting considerable specialization. PPE is a flexible course; it permits everything from an even blend of the three subjects, to a strong concentration (amounting to around two-thirds of the work for the final examination) on one of them. PPE at Brasenose has a reputation for challenging, exciting work, undertaken in a mixture of tutorials and class teaching.
Anyone reading PPE can expect to be taught by most of the tutors below at some point during their degree.
Dr Johansen's interests are in ancient philosophy. Dr Leal has a particular interest in ethics and philosophy of religion, but also teaches logic, early modern philosophy, epistemology, and philosophy of mind. Dr Timpson, a philosopher of science, particularly of physics, has interests in philosophy of
mind and language and in the history of 20th Century Anglophone philosophy. Dr Humphreys' research interests are in International Relations theory, with a particular focus on how theories are applied and on how explanations are constructed. Dr Esteves's research is focused on topics of international finance, institutional economics, and public finance in a historical perspective. Dr Rauch's research interests consider different empirical applications of microeconomic theory, mainly in the areas of international trade and regional and urban economics.
Those who have read PPE here have entered a wide variety of careers, from research to work in the Civil Service, teaching, the media, finance or industry. Employers value a degree in PPE very highly as a preparation for a very wide number of careers. Former Brasenose PPEists can be found in Parliament, the Bank of England, the Treasury, the Foreign Office, international organisations, banking and finance, industry, domestic and multinational business, consultancy, teaching and academia, and the media. There are ambassadors, barristers, film producers, schoolteachers, writers, and university professors on all five continents.